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ECUTalk USB Consult Cables

ECUTalk USB Consult Interface Cable
 
ECUTalk USB Consult Cable ($85 + post)

For Nissan vehicles with a consult port!
Postage included in total price shown to the right.
1-4 days to Australia, 5-15 working days overseas.

  AUSTRALIAN BUYERS
Total $90AUD
Buy USB Cable (Australia)
OVERSEAS BUYERS
Total $100AUD
Buy USB Cable (Overseas)
 
ECUTalk USB Cable with OBDII plug ($100 + post)

For the very few Nissan vehicles with a OBDII plug
that are NOT really OBDII, but still original Consult:
Patrol/Navara/Terrano with TB45E or non-CRD ZD30
R50 Pathfinder with VG33E. Any other, contact us.
Wont work on REAL OBDII cars!
  AUSTRALIAN BUYERS
Total $105AUD
Out of Stock
OVERSEAS BUYERS
Total $115AUD
Out of Stock
 


Distributors (normal cable only, no OBDII plug option):

UK/Europe buyers, you may wish to buy from H-Dev - £70.15 shipped to UK, higher elsewhere.
American buyers, you may wish to buy from Nismotronic - $90USD shipped to USA

Availability and Shipping

Consult plug cables are in stock and can be purchased by using the order links above - the OBDII plug cables are out of stock.

Shipping is shown above, delivery times are estimates, cables can be shipped to almost all countries worldwide, via Australia Post Airmail, and of course within Australia. Typical transit times are 2-4 weeks for most destinations including USA, Canada, UK and Europe, but will depend on customs/local postal service. To check postage details for a country, select the country here. Assuming it has the tick for AirMail, it should be fine to post there (you can see estimated delivery times also, although in our experience you need to add a day to the ranges shown). If there is anything specific required for us to know before posting, add it to the 'handling instructions' field when ordering (or email beforehand).

Group buys of 5 or more cables are welcome, contact us for pricing/logistics.

Car Support

Nissan Consult is supported on most Nissans built in the 1990s, and a few from the 2000s. If the car has the female consult port, it will most likely support consult. It also works on a select few vehicles with the OBDII plug, via an adaptor - typically these include the Patrol/Navara/Terrano with TB45E or non-CRD ZD30 engine, and the R50 Pathfinder with VG33E engine. If you are not sure, please contact us first. Consult is only supported on the Nissan ECUs, so replacement ECUs like the PowerFC, etc, will not support it (remapped/daughterboards ECUs or those with piggybacks like SAFC should be fine). Also some late model cars from 1999 may have an OBDII port and a Consult port, but only retain the consult port it for ancilliary systems (like AT, AirCon, HICAS, etc) diagnostics, but the main ECU may be OBDII.

If you purchase the cable but you find your car does not support consult, you can receive a refund if the cable is returned within 30 days, in original condition.

Consult Port

Background

A 'consult interface' cable allows the connection of a Laptop/PC to a Consult capable car for diagnostics with Consult programs, such as the ECUTalk software. The cables are not 'straight through', but have an electrical circuit inside the connector (not just a case of putting connectors on the ends of a cable).

Generally all Nissan Consult interface cables should work with all Consult software, although some circuit designs offer better compatibility with all vehicles. e.g. you shouldn't have to buy an ECUTalk cable to work with the ECUTalk software if you already have a different kind.

Using the Cable

The steps for actually using the cable and software (see next section) are relatively simple:
  1. Plug one end into car's consult port. Often located near fuse box area
  2. Plug other end into laptop usb or serial port (or for Pocket PC, into null-modem adaptor or blaZt iPAQ cable)
  3. Ensure car is either ON (ignition on, but not running) or RUNNING. Consult port doesnt get power on ACC.
  4. Start software, select port (an onboard serial port is normally COM1, but for USB, see last step of driver install section below to find COM port number in device manager

Software Available

There are plenty of other free consult software packages available, most notably:
  1. ECUTalk (of course! notably for gauges/logging, also has trip meter gauges)
  2. OBD Scantech Nissan (active tests, fair amount of features)
  3. Conzult Free (base idle mode, simple bar graphs)

USB Driver Installation

USB drivers can be found here, with install guides located here, though the rough steps for XP are:
  1. If you have previous FTDI drivers installed, uninstall these
  2. Connect ECUTalk USB Cable to USB port
  3. Select "No, not this time" to any Windows Update drivers prompt
  4. Select "Install from a specific location"
  5. Select "Search for the best driver" and "Include this location", and point it to the folder you extracted the downloaded driver to.
  6. Click "Continue Anyway" to any prompts (if any)
  7. Finish. Now to find out the COM port it uses: Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc -> Expand "Ports (COM & LPT)". You will see a "USB Serial Port (COMX)" where COMX is your COM port you will use in any consult applications.

Pocket PC Users

Pocket PC users with a compatible PDA (see the compatibility page), you need a serial consult interface cable (no longer sold here, try PLMS/Blazt) and either one of the 2 options:
  1. A serial sync cable for your Pocket PC (try ebay), and a male-male null-modem adaptor
  2. If you are an iPAQ user, a blaZt iPAQ Cable that will act as both a serial sync cable and null-modem adaptor, and it will also charge the PDA - ideal for permanent use (the ECUTalk Serial Consult Cable supplies power on pin9 of the connector and as such is compatible with the blaZt iPAQ Cable for charging purposes)